The skies were overcast Monday morning but Hans Bengyel, the general manager of the new Miller’s Ale House in Chicago Ridge, said it was a “great day.”
Bengyel’s excitement was due to the fact the restaurant was going to open its doors.
“Everything has gone well,” said Bengyel. “The village (Chicago Ridge) has been great and I believe we are going to do real well.”
Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar wholeheartedly agrees and could not wait for this day to occur. The ribbon-cutting ceremonies took place a few minutes before the business opened at 11 a.m. Miller’s Ale House is located at 6401 W. 95th St., near Sear’s at the Chicago Ridge Mall.
“I’m pretty excited about this,” said Tokar, minutes after village officials and restaurant employees concluded the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We are just excited to have them here. This is a family-oriented restaurant that will draw more customers from Chicago Ridge Mall.”
Tokar could not say the same for Tilted Kilt, which occupied the space that Miller’s Ale House is at now. The Chicago Ridge mayor said that restaurant did not draw from Chicago Ridge Mall and proved to be more problems than they were worth.
“They (Tilted Kilt) just had limited appeal,” said Tokar
But fate intervened when officials from the Florida-based Miller’s Ale House contacted the mayor. Chicago Ridge Village Clerk George Schleyer said that after Miller’s Ale House officials made it known that they wanted to move into corner at 95th and Ridgeland, it was only a matter of time for Tilted Kilt. Schleyer said that he told their owners that their contract would not be renewed. Tilted Kilt closed suddenly last fall.
“This is a real jewel to have right here,” said Schleyer. “We have a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Mall that has been doing great. Miller’s Ale House will just bring in more of those customers.”
This is the third Miller’s Ale House to be built in Illinois. When the weather consistently warms up, customers can go outside in the “Florida Room” for dining and adults can select from a wide variety of beers. The menu includes steaks, original pasta dishes, salads, signature sandwiches, homemade desserts and appetizers. They also have a full bar, over 75 beers and sports viewing with surround HD TVs.
The restaurant also features 49 craft beers. Over 70 employees have been hired and trained at the other existing restaurants. The business did not ask for a video gaming license, which went over well with the Chicago Ridge Village Board.
“We’re not putting in video gambling,” said Bengyel. “We’re a family restaurant with a sports theme.”